Broadband Carriers Blow Off Net Neutrality Meeting

    April 18, 2008
    WebProNews Staff

Unlike a previous open FCC hearing where Comcast helped fill seats in the audience, neither they nor anyone else from the big broadband carriers showed up for the second hearing.

Though the carriers avoided the immediate bad PR that attending the California meeting probably held for them, Comcast and its ilk, like Time Warner and AT&T, now get to see the fallout from declining to attend a net neutrality meeting at Stanford.

Comcast in particular received criticism, thanks to its practice of hindering peer to peer traffic. Their practice of constantly forcing packets to reset, cited as network management by Comcast, brought about a new debate on net neutrality.

Its advocates were up to the challenge. Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig, a staunch advocate of net neutrality, wondered why the FCC still hadn’t received a clear explanation of the traffic shaping practices by Comcast, as IP Democracy noted:

Lessig got a round of applause for likewise criticizing Comcast’s honesty. “The most outrageous thing about this story is that you can’t get the facts straight,” he said. “If you’re going to get this problem solved, the least you can do is get the story straight…It